self awakening e-newsletter - february 2012 about maha yoga, an effortless, joyful and no cost path
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Dear Readers: The purpose of this quarterly newsletter, Self Awakening, is to inform Sadhaks (seekers of self-realization) and other readers about Maha Yoga, an effortless, joyful and no cost path to Self- Realization.
P. P. Shri Narayan Kaka Maharaj of Nashik, India is a leading teacher and exponent of Maha Yoga, a centuries old tradition, whereby a realized Guru (Siddha Guru) awakens the Universal Life Energy (Kundalini) within the Sadhak, eventually leading him/her to self-realization.
To the thousands of Sadhaks in the Maha Yoga tradition all over the world and other interested readers, this e-newsletter is intended to provide virtual Satsang. It is intended to encourage Sadhaks to remain engaged in Maha Yoga, be informed about Maha Yoga-related events around the world, and to provide a forum for getting guidance about Maha Yoga from P. P. Shri Kaka Maharaj and other Maha Yoga leaders.
The success of this e-newsletter will depend upon Sadhak participation and through their contribution of content. Sadhaks are therefore encouraged to contribute news about Maha Yoga- related events in their parts of the world, thoughtful articles and life experiences (not experiences during Sadhan), and questions about Maha Yoga and their Sadhan (practice) they would like addressed. Comments and suggestions regarding this e-newsletter are also most welcome. Many readers have contributed questions on various aspects of Maha Yoga, and we would like to encourage such continued enthusiasm in that regards. However, we would also like our readers to contribute thoughtful articles, interesting life experiences related to Maha Yoga and news about Maha Yoga- related events. We look forward to receiving such content from those who want to contribute. Please send any content, comments, or questions you would like to submit to email@example.com.
Maha Yoga – Effortless, joyful and no-cost path to Self-Realization
Editor’s note 1
Discussion with Maharaj 2
Churning of the Heart 14
Answers to questions 19
Dhakeshwari Temple visit 25
MGM 2012 Invitation 28
Book announcement 30
Upcoming events 31
Website updates 31
How to contribute content 32
February 1, 2012
Volume 4, I s sue 3
On December 16th, 2011, the editor of this e-newsletter had the good fortune to spend several hours with P. P. Kaka Maharaj at his home in Nashik, India and to engage him in a discussion on Maha Yoga. We were joined by P. P. Prabhune Maharaj and Shri Nikhil Prabhune, both from Nashik, India. Despite his advancing age, P. P. Kaka Maharaj continues to remain as enthusiastic as ever about communicating with Sadhaks and in spreading the message of Maha Yoga to everyone on this earth. Following are translated and edited excerpts from that discussion.
Editor: Thank you Dear Gurudev for this opportunity to talk to you about Maha Yoga on behalf of the readers of Self Awakening, our quarterly e-newsletter. We have now had similar discussions three times before in which you spoke about your own life experiences, your advice to Sadhaks on Maha Yoga, Shaktipat Deeksha and Sadhan, and how Sadhaks can better integrate Maha Yoga in their day- to-day lives. Those discussions were very well received by readers of the e-newsletter who found inspiration and guidance from you on many of the questions they have on those topics. This time I would like to talk to you about your aspiration to make Maha Yoga relevant not just to individuals but also to families, communities, nations and to the entire world.
Gurudev: I am glad that the discussions thus far have been
helpful to Sadhaks. The topic you are suggesting, which is to make Maha Yoga relevant on a global scale is one which I have been interested in for a very long time. And it is particularly timely, given the Mahayoga Global Meet we have planned for May 1st to 3rd of 2012 to be held in Pune, India. Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, a Maha Yoga Sadhak who is also an eminent computer scientist and founder and Executive Director of the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) in India, has kindly agreed to lead the Global Meet. (Editor: CDAC is the force behind the PARAM family of supercomputers in India). So we are indeed fortunate to have such an eminent person be in charge of leading this effort. I hope Sadhaks from all over the world will attend. Editor: I hope so as well. But I was wondering what prompted you to convene such a Global Meet in the first place. Gurudev: Well, ever since I began the study of Maha Yoga many, many years ago, I have been influenced by the writings of Dnyaneshwar Maharaj (13th century Yogi) who wanted to bring the science of Maha Yoga to everyone, including the common man. For a long time, however, Maha Yoga was introduced only to people who were considered to be “deserving”, i.e. righteous, knowledgeable about the scriptures, wise, etc. But, what about the common
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Discussion with P. P. Kaka Maharaj
P. P. Kaka Maharaj at home
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man, doesn’t he deserve to be informed about Maha Yoga as well? What I found was that it did not matter much whether I thought a person was “deserving”, whether he was knowledgeable about the scriptures, what religion or caste he belonged to or anything else. The key question to me was whether or not Maha Yoga practice worked for everyone regardless of gender, age, caste, creed, religion, race, status in life, education, etc. And I found that it worked just fine for everyone, regardless of any of the apparent differences that we humans tend to focus on so much. So, I have been working on, for quite some time now, to introduce Maha Yoga to the entire world. Editor: I suppose that is what prompted you to go on a tour of the UK and the US in 2007. Gurudev: Yes, but I began this effort in my own small way over 25 – 30 years ago. I think it was in the early 1980s that I sent out a letter to the heads of state of 80 nations of the world, briefly introducing them to Maha Yoga and urging them to take it to their citizens. It was somewhat crazy in retrospect, since I did not get a response from anyone, but I felt it was my duty to try regardless. Editor: Well, it seems like you have been motivated to make Maha Yoga global for a very long time. Gurudev: Yes, what has motivated me is the fact that Maha Yoga is extremely simple, even a little child can understand it and experience it and so can an elderly person. Anyone can practice it because the basis of Maha Yoga is the Prana Shakti, the Universal Life Energy, which pervades us all. The air we all breathe is a gross manifestation of this very same Prana Shakti. Nobody can deny the fact that we all need air, and the air we breathe is the same for each and every one of us, regardless of where we live. As Dnyaneshwar Maharaj said, “He Vishvachi maze ghar”, or “This world is my home”, and we are all members of one family. That is what I believe, and that is what Dr. Bhatkar has emphasized in his invitation to all seekers around the world in the invitation announcing the first Mahayoga Global Meet. Editor: I was wondering what your intent is behind making Maha Yoga global. Is it to make the world a better place? Gurudev: I don’t really have such grand aspirations. All I am concerned about is the fact that since each and everyone on this earth is eligible to practice Maha Yoga; I simply want them all to become aware that this treasure is available to all of them. I can inform everyone what Maha Yoga is all about and the peace and happiness it can bring to all, and I can request everyone to practice it. It is up to them to practice it or not, but all I can do is to just inform them about it. So that is what I have been doing all these years, and now there are thousands of people all over the world who have practiced it and have actually experienced the sense of oneness, the calm and bliss it creates within the Sadhak (aspirant). Whenever I get an opportunity to be with people interested in seeking peace of mind, I don’t like to give them long talks on Maha Yoga. Instead, I just ask them to sit in a relaxed posture, close their eyes and observe their breath. When they do that, Maha Yoga simply
Discussion with P. P. Kaka Maharaj (continued)
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“happens”. It does not get “done”. As soon as they close their eyes, the Prana Shakti within them automatically begins to rise and go towards the top of their heads. They actually begin to experience the Prana Shakti that pervades us all. And the second thing is that since we all depend on the air around us, which is a gross manifestation of the Prana Shakti, we can think of it as if it were our common Mother. The air all over the world is the same; there are no national boundaries that separate the air in one country from another. We breathe in and out the very same molecules that others all over the world breathe. So it is with the Prana Shakti that pervades us all. She is the one Mother of us all. So, if all of us around the world have the same Mother, we are all brothers and sisters. That is why the invitation to the Mahayoga Global Meet emphasizes that we are all members of one family. And that is wh